Online shopping, public forums and social networking sites have made it easier to shop and socialize from anywhere in the world. Most people view it as convenient shop with a few keystrokes. Keeping in touch with out of state friends and family, or even building and maintaining a local network is made easier through social networking.
However, every bit of personal information volunteered online is recorded and kept somewhere, by someone. While a few websites and people can be trusted, many criminals are ready and waiting for your information. It is then used to make purchases as you online, or even to obtain real cards and credentials in your name. In one notable case, a woman’s identity was used to rack up over $50,000 in debt while trafficking in drugs, resulting in an arrest warrant and criminal charges in the victim’s name.
But prevention is simple with a bit of vigilance. These days, your information should be considered as valuable as cash in hand.